The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in Minnesota

recoveryactI supported a bill which was passed on April 29th accepting and directing $196.75 million from the federal stimulus program. The bill identified the following goals: (1) stimulus funding be allocated to activities that best achieve job creation and retention; (2) improved energy efficiency and increased renewable energy production; (3) coordinate and leverage other funding sources; and (4) distribute funds geographically across the state.

Energy efficiency projects are to include weatherization for rental units, especially low-income units, energy efficiency projects in state and local government buildings and school district buildings, the training of energy professionals, and programs to increase energy efficiency in the residential sector.

The bill also establishes a grant program for renewable energy projects in commercial and industrial buildings as well as in public buildings.

For more information, see the Research Summary at or the bill itself.

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